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2018 Q2 Review and Outlook

Fears of tariffs continued to dominate headlines even as U.S. equity markets turned positive in the quarter and year-to-date. All market capitalizations were positive, with small caps leading the way returning 7.8% in the second quarter and 7.7% so far in 2018. Large caps also gained, with the S&P 500 rising 3.4% for the quarter…

2018 Q1 Review and Outlook

Normalcy finally returned to equity markets in the first quarter, ending nearly two years of calm and leaving investors feeling unsettled. January started much the same as 2017 ended, with equity markets advancing relentlessly and extending the historic period of low market volatility and length of time without a double-digit decline…

The Market Downturn

Comments from our Investment Group   The U.S. stock market, at this writing is down 8% from its recent high. As we have discussed in the past, it is not unusual for a Bull Market to have a 5% to 10% correction every few quarters. The surprise is the rapidity of the decline. It has…

2017 Q4 Review and Outlook

The calendar turns over to 2018 leaving behind one of the least volatile years for equity markets in history. The S&P 500 returned 21.8% in 2017, finishing the fourth quarter up 6.6%, with a intra-year dip of only 3%…

Why Fiduciary Standards Should Matter To You.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Fiduciary Rule is intended to address conflicts of interest that permeate the financial industry.  Although many of our peers have had to alter their business practices to comply with the rule, nothing will change here at The Trust Company of Virginia.  Find out what the new rule intends…

2017 Q3 Review and Outlook

Nearing the end of the year creates a natural inclination to reflect on where the markets have been, where they are, and where they may be in the future. In the third quarter the song remained very much the same as previous quarters…

2017 Spring Newsletter

What Your Children In Their 30s And 40s Should Know About Wealth Preservation Are you preparing your beneficiaries for wealth? Trust funds are not always lost to divorce or reckless spending. More often than not, children are simply not educated in wealth preservation. Being a conscientious steward of wealth is a tremendous responsibility. Heirs in their…

2016 Q2 Fixed Income Commentary

The second quarter of 2016 has been one for the books. Negative interest rates continued to confuse investors, Puerto Rico defaulted on their constitutionally guaranteed GO debt, US politics continue to provide global amusement… however the UK eclipsed them all with a surprise vote to leave the European Union. The “Brexit” surprised markets and caused a rush of…

2016 Q1 Equity Market Commentary

The first quarter of 2016 was a roller coaster ride. From the onset, the S&P 500 fell nearly 5% in the first week of trading and by the second week of February was down approximately 10%.  A sharp rebound then took hold as the flu-like temperature of the global economy seemed to subside; oil prices…